Hens and Humidity


Crossing the Road
6 Years
Sep 29, 2014
New Zealand
I'd say the humidity is constant under a hen, even at hatch time, and broodies pluck their chests so that their skin is in contact with the eggs.

I had to laugh at one article I read awhile ago that said hens splash water on their eggs. That's ridiculous, and having watched our bantam broodies closely (they were indoors) I can tell you they do no such thing. They don't even wet their chests or anything like that. They must be able to sense humidity though as ours got off their pipping eggs for a quick snack. The humidity in the room was around 60%. They also kept turning their eggs right up to hatch day and all chicks hatched out just fine. Hens know what they are doing.


Muddy Acre Farms
10 Years
Sep 20, 2009
Pride, La.
How does a hen regulate humidity when she lays and hatches outside.:idunno

It's magic!! :D No seriously it's just mother nature!! Who's to know. I know that you can raise babies and have to be so meticulous on the temps and such but a hen can hatch out babies in the freezing cold and they run around like the cold is nothing to them!! :idunno


Spicy Sugar Cookie
Apr 26, 2017
Mama hens know how to! I’ve heard that they get off the eggs to dust bathe and walk through dewy grass (why they go out in the morning) and then they’re damp and it’s humid under them. Hens are amazing!


7 Years
Dec 25, 2012
Big Bend of the Tennessee River's Right Bank.
…. I had to laugh at one article I read awhile ago that said hens splash water on their eggs....

In nature hens mostly chose to set on the ground or earth and there is no shortage of moisture in the ground. JaeG knows what he is talking about when he says that hens know what they are doing. In fact hens know what they are doing better than any human, myself included. But I think that I am gaining on the hens. However even if I make it to 100 the hens will still be ahead of me in chicken smarts.

Since chickens lack lips I am more than curious how chickens splash or spit water on their eggs.

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